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    February 14, 2014
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♪ come together in the new beginning ♪ children in russia who are hoping for a new beginning caught in a web of politics. russia banned american adoptions. >> now it banned adoptions to some people from countries that allow same-sex marriage. hamish has the story of one family fighting to bring a little boy home. >> reporter: this is the thomas family from minnesota. renee, john and 8-year-old jack, adopted from russia. >> my dream of being a mom happened. it was all of those emotions
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that i would say you'd go through as if you were having your own baby. >> reporter: they are happy, healthy, but if their words, an incomplete family. jack has a 5-year-old brother, nickoli, who is still in an orphanage in russia. >> if he came home tonight, we would have a big party. eat chocolate and watch movies. he loves giving kisses. >> reporter: almost four years ago they were close to reuniting the brothers. suddenly, russia changed the law and a ban came into force. after a string of high-profile case, one child sent to american was sent back alone, no longer wanted. one toddler died when his father left him in a hot car. as the world focus is on vladimir putin, renee is now appearing on russian television, to make a direct appeal. >> we wouldn't be fighting so
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hard if didn't mean so much to us. >> reporter: there are well-documented frictions in the relationship between moscow and washington, and in this case that's leading to suspicions. lawyers and politicians here are telling us they're in no doubt politics have played a part in it and children are caught in the middle. hamish mcdonald. >> >> they are suffering because of politics. just a shame. >> russia has already banned all americans regarding sexuality from adopting children from russia. that was back in 20 12. so this applies to single people in other countries, mostly europe, the places where gay marriage has been legalized. >> you see kids in orphanages and they're suffering because of politics. >> i know. it breaks my heart. coming up.
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i went to new york's most amazing restaurants to learn how to make a steak, no fuss, no muss. the next half hour, the amazing breakthrough that has allowed a couple to hold hands for the first time in their 13 year marriage. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ ♪ if you believe in love at all ♪ ♪ let's get it on baby so, valentine's day can be tough for a lot of people. between the flowers, the candy, the cards, it can be hard to find the right thing to make your special someone happy. >> it's true. but this one is our "favorite story of the day." >> a little leopard can go a long way. home cooked meal. so i set out to find something that a guy can make that is both delicious and easy. all right, guys, it is valentine's day. you don't want to make a reservation. spend a for tun but you don't know what to cook. we have chef anthony marco. he says if he can do it anyone can. what are we making today? >> a strip loin, black pepper jam. >> very romantic. we have our sauces, our steak, let's do it. >> the most important thing about steak is seasoning, right? >> got to salt it.
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>> this is a ten-ounce steak, so we want to go nice. you want to coat the whole top with pepper, too. a little bit of oil in each pan. >> regular oil? soy oil. you want black pepper sauce. before you put the meat in, turn the burner off. you don't want any flames or flare-ups. add scallions, please. >> scallions it is. right there in the big pan. >> there you go. >> there you go. >> add the garlic and ginger. what we're looking for is caramelization. and not touching the steak. just making sure the oil is not stuck on one side. black beans there. >> black beans. put them in? >> yes. we soak these for about five minutes. we have lemon juice right there. we have the sweet soy right next to it. going to use soy sauce. >> smells even better.
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>> you have black pepper right here because it is a black pepper sauce. and, boom. we're going to reduce this. we flip the steak here. at this point we're going to get a little garlic. a little chile. we're going to add a little bit of butter to this. right on top of the steak. this is going to brown. you're going to get that nutty flavor now. all you're doing is putting that butter on top with the garlic. and i'm going to show you this sauce. this is ready. look at that. just reduced and jammy. we're going to put some of the residual butter, we're going to cook some bok choy. you got bok choy, sesame seed. you don't need to cook bok choy more than 30 seconds. we're going to plate this old school style. this is our black pepper sauce we reduced. and we're just going to kind of do whatever we want with it. >> this is the best part of the
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whole experience right here. >> all right, man. let's see if it's worth it. >> just dig in? oh, man. here we go. >> hit that other piece. >> completely awesome. >> completely awesome. i'm not waiting any more. >> go for it, marci. >> thank you. >> what do you think? amazing, right? >> incredible. >> chef ricoh, he's just awesome. demystified the whole thing about cooking. a few simple things have you to do right. if you follow the directions, can you make this dish. >> you would try this at home? >> i would try this ahome. you approve? would i win your heart? >> that would be so romantic. i would love to come home from work and have a guy cooking up dinner, especially this. that brings us to our facebook question of the day. >> we want to know, how are you spending your valentine's day? logon to wnnfans.com and let us
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know what you're doing. thank you, spice market in new york city, chef rico. fantastic. happy valentine's day, everybody. ♪ see what's new at projectluna.com [ male announcer ] can't take a sick day tomorrow. [ coughs ] [ male announcer ] so he can't let a cold keep him up tonight. vicks nyquil. powerful nighttime 6 symptom cold and flu relief.
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a bit of a valentine's day surprise. are you still eating steak? >> i'm still eating. >> my valentine's day meal going over big with marci. students at brigham young university surprising women with a serenade. some react differently. check it out. ♪ ♪ v is very very extraordinary ♪ e is even more than anyone than you adore ♪ >> some are just downright scared in their mind. some ran away right from the word go. some pretty cute. >> she doesn't look amused.
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that's funny. i don't know why anyone would dump candy down a toilet but it happened in space. the astronauts on the international space station showing how the toilets up there work. what better way than with some chocolates, i guess. >> check it out. nice. >> they're calling this exclusive video obtained by abc news. a very serious story. i think the serious part of it is that chocolate is going to waste. in all places, space. all right. polka time. ♪ ♪ who needs flowers who needs sweets ♪ ♪ pledge your love with texts and tweets ♪ it's the valentine's polka ♪ment? even if you're not that hunk ♪ ♪ if you're not that popular and can't attract a mate ♪ ♪ take the plea accordion ♪ you're bound to find a date ♪ every bachelorette agrees we
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all need a main squeeze ♪ ♪ it's the main squeeze orchestra ♪ ♪ ♪ if you've got a roving eye one partner just won't suit ♪ ♪ try an open marriage though it did not work for newt ♪ ♪ cupid's arrow so pass e ♪ now he uses pepper spray ♪ though i may still be single it's not a total loss ♪ ♪ i'm a friend with benefits that's right i've got blue cross ♪ ♪ if you're longing to be kissed someone is waiting on craigslist ♪ ♪ that's the valentine's polka ♪ our thanks to mainsqueezeorchestra.com. have a great weekend. we'll see you monday! insqueezeorchestra.com. have a great weekend. see you monday. ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now," killer storms. another nasty blow to the east right now, another punch from the storm of historic proportions that left millions of people from georgia to maine in misery. >> set free, afghanistan releases dangerous prisoners, in a move that could force the u.s. to rethink military strategy. >> dream come true. a couple married for 13 years, finally get to hold hands this valentine's day. it is a remarkable story of a medical advance and true love. >> and big reveal. giving the world the first glimpse of three "sports illustrated" swim suites modes .
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illustrated" swim suites modes . good morning on this valentine's day. i'm diana perez. >> i'm john muller. the storm plaguing the eastern third of the country for the past two days. it is snowing again in new york city after hours of drenching rain. >> some parts of new england could see nearly two feet of snow before this is over. in the south, residents today will spend the day digging out and assessing the damage from the worst snowstorm in at least a decade. abc's linzie janis has more. >> reporter: from snow and ice, wind and rain, the storm that crippled the south, killing 20 people, is still reeking havoc. whiteout conditions from the nation's capital, nor'easter winds sparking a house fire. seven injured. also in new york, a pregnant woman was struck and killed by a plow. her baby saved. pennsylvania, still under a
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state of emergency from the last storm. just outside philly, we helped 64-year-old rose marie dig out. she lost power -- >> i have a fur coat on. >> reporter: have you been wearing it inside? >> eye been wearing it inside. >> reporter: her 100-year-old mother had to go to the hospital to stay warm. this toddler with breathing problems evacuated. schools closed. but in new york they stayed open. new york's new mayor defending his decision. >> the national weather service gave us a projection. what we got here was certainly the high end of the projection and then some and faster and earlier than was expected. >> reporter: here in philadelphia, we got 9 inches of snow. some people taking advantage, sledding down these famous steps. linzie janis, abc news, philadelphia. >> it's good see somebody taking advantage of this blustery blast of winter.
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>> as the northeast gets pounded yet again, meteorologist jim dickey is live at accuweather. jim, when will we see the worst of this second round. >> the worst of it over in many spots, actually. we're tracking the back edge of the snow now. about to move through philadelphia, new york city another couple hours of heavier snowfall. overall with this storm we're on the downswing of it. we'll see conditions improve as we head through the day. till going through the worst of it in maine, though. the worst overhead right now. we'll keep that in place through much the morning. really from boston south and westward through the next couple of hours, we'll seal big-time improvements. this system is accelerating off to the north and east and the snow will depart from north to south as we head through the coming hours. especially in maine, vermont, new hampshire, an additional 6 to 12 inches. these storm totals, many spots from bangor south into virginia, picked in excess of a foot. roanoke, over 20 inches of snow.
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unfortunately, there's another storm system we're tracking on the heelses of this one. not nearly as strong. most spots just a quick 1 to 3 inches. this is the type of storm that has the potential to strengthen rapidly once it moves offshore. we could see a foot in new england once again. >> jim dickey live at accuweather, thank you. with the storm triggering another round of closing, catholic high school finding innovative ways without cutting into vacation. it was first cyber snow day. each student has been issued an ipad. teachers post lessons by 9 a.m. and kids complete them and send them back bit end of the day. edward snowden gathered some of the classified documents using a coworker's password but snowden said he didn't steal any pass worried. that coworker's password was
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revoked and was fired. united states and russia have pledged to work together to break the stalemate in syrian peace talks. government forces conducted another round of air strikes on aleppo, dropping barrel bombs on neighborhoods where rebels are in control. opposition forces say 400 people have died so far this month. afghanistan's release of 65 accused militants from prison is raising new questions about the withdrawal of allied forces later this year. the u.s. insists these men may pose a new threat but afghan president karzai says the u.s. needs to stay out of his country's judicial affairs. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: they were locked in a high security prison, considered some of the most dangerous men in the world. taliban fighters captured by u.s. forces. they're enjoying lunch in a kabul cafe, freed under order of afghan president hamid karzai. among them, an alleged taliban
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commander named narallah. he denies the charges but has been linked to attacks killing one american and wounding others. in all told 65 prisoners were released from this prison, seen in this exclusive video shot by the bbc. u.s. officials say they are directly linked to attacks that killed or wounded 32 u.s. personnel. >> the tests on their fingers of explosives, on their hands. >> reporter: it's another low point for already tattered u.s. relations with president karzai, who has been trying to get his own peace deal with the taliban. >> it is of no concern to the u.s. and should be of no concern to the u.s. >> reporter: president obama has to decide how many forces to keep in afghanistan after this year but this prison release makes it hard for the u.s. to stay in afghanistan at all.
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jonathan karl, abc news. more than three-quarters of a million cars with a defect. recalling chevy cobalt and pontiac g5 sold from 2005 to to 2007. faulty ignition request shut off. general motors promising to restore the eight corvettes swallowed up by the sinkhole. they say they rank as some of the most significant in automotive history. i know one gift a lot of guys will be wishing for on this valentine's day. if you're tired of shoveling snow this winter, why not let a robot do it? a north carolina company developed a remote-controlled snowplow you can operate from the lovely warmth of your living room 37 it's based on a robot they built for new york city fire department. >> that's awesome. six wheels, upgrades include
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headlights and cameras which can send a live feedback to your couch. price tag? $800,000. >> not the most practical valentine's day gift. look at it go. they say it can be wi-fi enabled so can you sit -- >> while in the studio i could plow out the homestead. >> from a company called super droid robots. >> sign me up. coming up, hot hollywood actor colin farrell revealing personal things about his sex life. first, a couple married for 13 years finally gets to hold hands on valentine's day. the medical advance that made this dream come true. you're watching "world news now." ♪ i wanna hold your hand i wanna hold your hand ♪ ♪ i wanna your hand >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ i wanna hold your hand i wanna hold your hand ♪ ♪ i wanna hold your hand it is something every couple takes for granted, holding hands. >> but for one couple, that was impossible until a breakthrough new medical treatment. abc's lana zak. >> there is someone out is there for everyone. the boy from london who thought that nobody could ever love him because of his severe tourette's syndrome, and a girl from jersey who stood by his side, along with the doctor that made their wish come true. >> reporter: this valentine's day there is only one thing andrew wants to do. >> walk hand in hand with my wife. >> reporter: even though they've been married for 13 years, andrew and his wife amy have never been able to go for a walk holding hands. that's because andrew is one of
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200,000 americans diagnosed with severe tourette's syndrome. his tourette's would cause him to yell, spit, curse uncontrollably. strangers who didn't understand his condition would take offense, sometimes beating him up, and andrew would beat himself, too, unable to control his hand. for andrew, love never seemed like a possibility. >> i had dreams, a lot of dreams about me getting married, and i'd wake up in tears because it was just a dream. it was hurtful because i used to get invited to weddings all the time. and used to ask the question, when is it my turn? >> reporter: but then andrew met a stranger who wanted to set him up on a date. >> andrew said, i haven't been able to find someone who can look past the tourette's and
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love me for me. my mom said, you haven't met my daughter yet. >> reporter: what do you remember about that first date? >> we kissed for the first time and it set fireworks off in me. >> reporter: within a year, amy and andrew were married. but with his tourette's, even walking down the aisle was a challenge. and holding amy's hand while doing it was impossible. >> if i was hand in hand with amy, i would stumble and pull her to the ground. >> reporter: after a lifetime of suffering andrew came to mt. sinai hospital and learned about a new surgery for tourettes. deep brain stimulation. >> the bumps. feel it. yeah. >> i feel it right there. and that's the anchor? >> reporter: two leads implanted in his brain. wires run to batteries implanted in his chest. >> neuro modulation stimulates areas of the nervous system in
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order to change neural function. >> reporter: so in complete laymen's terms -- >> it is like a brain pacemaker. result. >> reporter: the results have been incredible. >> when it works, you get to see miracles. >> reporter: from this to this. and on this valentine's day, amy and andrew have already gotten their wish. side by side and hand in hand. >> now andrew still has the occasional tick, but he says 95% of his tourette's symptoms are gone. >> that is absolutely remarkable. any side effects to this? >> well, it is brain surgery so about 2% of people will experience a brain hemorrhage. but andrew said he wasn't even concerned about that, he was so desperate for treatment. >> so, we know they'll be holding hands this valentine's day. >> they will. >> how else are they planning to celebrate? >> amy says they want to go to pizza hut. they want to go to a restaurant where people don't stare at them. she said she used to go from table to table to explain what was wrong with her husband so
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people wouldn't take offense. this time she'll just be glad to be there holding hands. >> what an amazing story. thank you so much, lana. >> abc's lana zak. still ahead, we now know who is gracing the cover of the "sports illustrated" swimsuit edition. >> not you? >> not this year. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ time now for "the skinny." and we start this morning with skinny and plenty of it. >> you got that right. "sports illustrated" marking their 50th anniversary with these models on the cover and the unveiling took place last night on "jimmy kimmel live." >> let me show you. >> oh, my goodness! that's quite a cover. that's not one cover model. that's three cover models. >> yeah. wow, okay. you might be asking, what swimsuits? if you look closely, they're there, kind of. i don't know how closely everyone wants to look. you might be looking a little closer than i am. >> not a lot of swimsuit there.
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chrissy teigen, nina agdal and lily aldridge, the first to grace the cover since 2006. >> so there's an idea for a valentine's gift also. sticking with that theme. get your guy a copy of that. collin farrell has a reputation for a lady's man. but after kicking drugs and alcohol in 2005 he was, get this, terrified of having sex. >> it's interesting. in an interview in "elle" magazine, he opens up about his fears. he says after 15 years being high, he didn't think he could talk if he was sober. he said the first time he had sex sober was one of the most terrifying moments of his life. but says he has been clean now for eight years and it seems to be working out. >> tv legend betty white said she has a very special date for valentine's day. >> you got to love her. she tells "people" magazine she plans to stay home for valentine's day, staying home
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with her golden retriever name ponti pontiac. >> i think that sounds like a great day. a full day off at home may not sound that unusual. it is a rare treat for the just turned 92-year-old. she works full-time on her family tv show "hot in cleveland." she was a guest host for wwe's monday night raw. i can't believe that. >> that is hilarious. >> awesome. >> one thing she plans to do is every crossword puzzle she can get her hands on. she is unbelievable. 92 years old. they say crossword puzzles keep your mind sharp. >> social media is buzzing about the outfits worn by nbc figure skating analyst, johnny weir. they are bright, colorful and very johnny. he has been posting previews each day on instagram and twitter. posing in front of the television truck before going into the iceberg skating palace. >> last one was the pink panther look. the hair like bruno mars. and many are calling the fashion
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a face in need deserves puffs indeed. ♪ wishing i was knee deep in the water somewhere ♪ oh, we all need that. zach brown band singing about being knee deep in the water somewhere under a big blue sky. >> sounds like a plan. sadly the big story this week has been mother nature's wrath and old man winter's worst. here is our "friday rewind". >> this is mother nation's worst kind of storms afflicted on the south. and that is ice. it's our worst enemy. >> the snow we got the last couple of days is now hiding the ice. so, it's very dangerous. >> we're going to do whatever we can to catch whomever did this. >> people are freaked out because these things don't happen here. >> what did the defendant say? >> oh, i hate that thug music.
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>> he slammed something against the door and said, yeah, i'm going to [ bleep ] kill you. >> i have two daughters. they are both gorgeous and wonderful. and i would never choose between them. and that's how i feel about my outstanding european partners. >> i'm not afraid to tell the world who i am. i'm michael sam. i'm a college graduate. i'm african-american. and i'm gay. >> more than one black guy doing a commercial. >> no question about that. >> i know what's in your wallet black guy. he's the car black guy. morgan freeman is the other credit card black guy. >> i'm sided and right sided because i'm -- not nervous but just kind of antsy and it builds and snowballs into other things.
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>> i've been thinking of standing on the podium. it's always the love that gets me to the podium. >> i was so nervous. hi to visualize, press and believe that i could land that run i wanted to. >> we want to remind you about a special online feature for our facebook fans. >> yep. this is called "in case you missed it" our best moments of the week. l logon at wwnfans.com. what a long week. >> my car is in snow and ice right on the upper side of new york city. have i to dig that out with the shovel i put in my car for that very reason. >> what i a lovely way to spend valentine's day. >> so romantic. happy valentine's day. don't miss our updates at wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades. decades.
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good morning, i'm john muller. >> i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. here are some of the top headlines we are following on "world news now." this week's winter storm keeps going and going. it is now snowing in the northeast and new england. hundreds of thousands of people in the south are still without power. we'll get a live update from accuweather coming up. the medal sweep for u.s. in sochi and some controversy about the suits being worn by the american speed skaters. are they actually slowing our athletes down? our olympic update, coming up. >> ignoring pleas from the u.s. afghanistan released 65 accused militants from prison. the u.s. insists these men are dangerous but afghan president karzai says the decision to free them is, quote, of no concern to the u.s. and a north carolina
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technology company says it is time to turn the shoveling over to the robots. their remote-controlled robotic snowplow allows you to clean the sidewalk and driveway from the warmth of your living room. sounds pretty good to me. those are some of our top stories for this friday, february 14th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> happy valentine's day, everyone. >> happy valentine's day. i'm thinking about the warm-up ahead and trying not to focus too much on the snow. trying to make the most of it -- >> what you did in central park yesterday, that you told me on a commercial? >> my friend and i decided to go to central park, embrace the snow and we made snow angels. >> just gave in. >> we gave into it. i think our inner child came out. it was not so terrible for the moment. we. the only fools out there making snow angels but it was fun. >> i like it. >> yeah. let's go to the historic winter
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storm that she was making snow angels in. it is snowing again here in new york city, by the way. >> most people in the eastern united states are saying, enough already. there have been seven snowstorms in seven weeks. and spring is still five weeks away. >> reporter: snow is falling again in areas that have already seen snow, then rain, even thunder and lightning. it's already one of the snowiest winters on record with many cities already getting two to three times as much snow as they normally do. more than 20 deaths are blamed on this storm. in rural virginia a snowplow driver was struck and killed by another plow. in new york, a small bulldozer clearing snow killed a pregnant woman loading groceries into her car. her baby boy delivered by emergency cesarean is fighting for his life. almost 7,000 flights canceled yesterday. >> trying get out. >> want to fly at 9 a.m.,
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rebooked at 11:10, now rebooked to 7:10 tonight. >> reporter: another 4,000 flights are already canceled today. the problem here, snarling air traffic throughout the country and may ruin many people's plans for this three-day weekend. in the deep south not used to this kind of weather at all, more than half a million residents are spending the night in the dark and actually without heat. >> we had a gentleman around the corner working power lines and said we probably won't have power until saturday. >> reporter: in raleigh, north carolina, still digging out cars. for kids, another day without school and perhaps a chance to try something they don't get to do very often. >> forget the sledding. watch out on roads and sidewalks, it is dangerous out there. >> jim dickey with the latest from accuweather. jim, please tell us it's over? >> well, close to over. in many cities it is over. d.c., baltimore, philadelphia, we're done.
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the snow moving out as we speak from philadelphia. you see d.c. skies have cleared but new york city still in a couple hours of snowfall. this area's back edge, this is the upper level support for this system. it has to move up the coast. so especially northern new england will keep this in place through the morning hours. bangor, maine, we'll hold onto that snow until 11 a.m. on top of the snow on the ground. snow totals, adding onto a foot already and still heavy snow to come through the morning hours. behind this, unfortunately, another storm system. now, there's nothing like the storm we just went through but it will bring some heavy snow to portions of new england. keep a close eye on this through the weekend. president obama headed to california where he'll visit fre notice to see how the three-year-old drought is affecting farmers. while most of the country is
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shoveling out snow, california with unseasonably warm temperatures. but rain totals in los angeles are more than an inch below norm awe. to sochi. where a u.s. olympian and russian billionaire are helping rescue stray dogs from the city's campaign to euthanize them. gus kenworthy, winning silver in slopestyle, he says he hopes to bring some of them home. activist have been picking up the phone and finding them new homes. now a russian billionaire is taking action, building shelters near sochi. >> it is supposed to hit 63 degrees here in sochi. here's the medals count. norway still in front, u.s. moving up thanks to a medal sweep. we get our olympic details from abc's kirit radia. >> reporter: break out the brooms.
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team usa swept the men's slopestyle skiing. josh christensen took the gold after nailing three jumps, totaling ten full spins within 15 seconds. all while skiing off ramps backwards. teammate gus kenworthy grabbed silver. nick goepper who skis without poles, got the bronze. >> i can't believe it. it's perfect. >> i think today was one of the most insane competitions. >> reporter: the u.s. men's hockey team dominated slovakia 7-1. next up, a showdown with a tough russian team tomorrow. >> we're going to have to work our butts off, do the little things and play our blue-collar hockey in order to win the game. >> reporter: also on the ice, jeremy abbott suffered a bad fall during a complex move. he remained on the ice for some time but then got up and completed his program. the men's figure skating gold will be awarded today. u.s. skier bode miller is also back in action today in the
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men's super combined. american women are among the leaders going into the final legs of the skeleton competition. noelle pikus-pace and katie start the day in second and fourth. meanwhile, american speed skaters are looking for answers after a string of disappointing performances. "the wall street journal" reports they may be slowed down by a design flaw in their high-tech under armour racing suits. the company says they are working with the team to perfect performance. kirit radia, abc news. >> all right. great olympic moment to show you here. check it out. put up the photo. there it is. >> oh, my goodness. this is from the medal ceremony from the women's 500 meter short track speedskating event. silver medalist from italy, sticking her tongue out, making hand gestures. the south korean bronze medalist, slightly more restrained. what is going on here?
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>> somewhere in the middle is happy medium. >> she is excited. >> totally excited, right? she has to live with that for the rest of her life. that's the money shot right there. now to new jersey where a silver lining has been found in that black bridgegate cloud hanging over governor chris christie. an associated press review of emergency dispatch records shows that massive traffic jam did not lead to any deaths or injuries, nor seriously compromise anyone's medical care. christie has repeatedly apologized for the closures, denying knowledge or involvement. the jury in the so-called loud music trial gets back to work later this morning. after deliberating 12 hours over two days, they haven't decided if michael dunn is guilty in the shooting death but jurors could decide on second degree murder or manslaughter. justin bieber set to be arraigned at 9:00 this morning. he is charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license after a drag racing incident in miami beach three
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weeks ago. he was released on $2500 bond. bieber doesn't technically have to appear. he may be represented by his lawyers. the actor best known for his role as papa walton has died. he played the patriarch walton for ten seasons. on the hugely popular series "the waltons" besides a slew of other roles, wade also dabbled in politics. unsuccessfully running for congress three times. ralph waite died in his home in palm desert at 85 years old. belgian is the only country where ute nas sha for terminally ill children is legal. one man yelled out murderer. some say it ends pain and suffering. religious leaders say it is immoral. the netherlands allows ute nas sha for older children. only five have requested it in 11 years. hundreds of thousands of passengers may have been exposed to measles. a student diagnosed with the disease after taking b.a.r.t.
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home to a suburb for several days. the student contracted the virus while going overseas. and had not been vaccinated. the virus can stay in the air for up to two hours. we have a couple of health headlines for women this morning, starting with a new worry for new moms. new research finds a woman's risk of blood clots that can cause strokes or heart attack is twice as long as previously thought. up to 12 weeks after giving birth. doctors say it is important for new moms to drink lots of water, get plenty of exercise and watch out for any symptoms like leg pain, swelling, redness, a hard knot or a cold leg or foot. and a new survey is shedding light on some painful truths about motherhood in america. "family circle" magazine report 32% of new mothers report going years without sex. 52% have too much to drink and 25% said they would resort to
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extreme diet or pill to lose weight. maybe new moms nid valentine's to spice things up. >> that's what biologists are doing to encourage their africans penguins to breed. as can you see, most of them really couldn't care less. leaving the heart-shaped cards on the ground. at least one couple did show interest here. they are taking the bait. slipping away to the nest. oh, sticking together. not just for the ladies. guys are like, hey, honey. i got you. >> how about we go back to my place. >> yeah, this isn't from the handler. this is my idea. i told him to bring this heart in. >> no doubt about it. they got to play a little barry white, lights on low. >> is that your secret? >> completely. two romantic comedies for valentine's day, later in insomniac theater. >> and a skydiving accident that sounds like a movie script. the girl who survived the unthinkable on her 16th birthday talks about the ordeal for the first time. and the panic on this
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valentine's day with so many deliveries and so much snow. you're watching "world news now." ♪ cupid let your arrow go straight to my lover's heart for me ♪ ♪ nobody but me >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular. ou by consumer cellular.
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♪ to a a place a young skydiver who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground after her parachute failed is sharing her secret to survival. >> we often use the term, lucky to be alive, but in this case nothing is more true. the young woman suffered a broken pelvis, broken shoulder blades and broken ribs. just a few weeks ago this all happened. she's making remarkable progress, when she attributes to her faith in god and and in the future. >> reporter: it was nearly three weeks ago that mackenzie wethington turned sweet 16. and her birthday present was the one she had been wishing for for
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years. >> it was her dream, her dream. my dad said okay, on your 16th birthday, i will take you skydiving. >> reporter: from the moment she left the plane, every skydiver's worst nightmare. >> i started kicking my feet like i was taught in the class. i looked up and it still wasn't fixing. i tried to pull the toggles apart and i was not strong enough to fight off the wind. i just remember screaming and i blacked out. i don't remember anything after that. >> reporter: mackenzie lost consciousness before she hit the ground. when she woke up several days later, her body was shattered but her spirit was strong. >> her hard work really played a role in this. she has been working really hard and is really motivated. >> reporter: as for why she survived, mackenzie is certain she knows the answer. >> i think that god has a lot to do with it and he plans for me in the future. >> reporter: as for that future, mackenzie has her sights set on joining the medical professional that helped her. she wants to be a trauma surgeon. but the question on everyone's lips, will she skydive again? >> as much as i want to, i think
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my parents and the rest of my family would die if i did. they're against that now. >> can't blame her for that. understatement. >> amazing kid. mackenzie can return home in a week. what an amazing recovery. >> unbelievable. see the shirt she was wearing, how strong are you, is what it said. that's for a fund-raising effort. how strong are you, and they say, mackenzie strong. one strong girl there.
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valentine's across a river of ice? with some creativity. here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: on this day it is one of the most jobs in america. >> get it out there. >> reporter: delivering those valentine's flowers. but with traffic snarled and businesses closed, this north carolina florist even ground to a halt. this 24-hour period, the super bowl for florists, when many do 10 to 20 times their normal business. last year 233 million roses were grown just for valentine's day. >> we might be delivering a little late but we do what we needed to do. >> reporter: we join this deliveryman as he set out on foot through slush and snow determined to deliver this bouquet. in georgia, the weather is so bad, the sheriff canceled valentine's day in his county, citing safety concerns. >> i hope all of those people who are usually on the receiving end would be understanding. and would cut us guys some
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slack. >> reporter: it's a valentine's panic. one tweeting, can this snow melt now? tomorrow's valentine's day and it better not mess it up. others are getting creative. check out these alternative bouquets made up of -- well, whatever is in your house. others push on. javier and his precious cargo made it to where they were supposed to be. so what's a little snow? okay, a lot of snow, when it comes to valentine's day. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day. >> we want to know, how are you spending your valentine's day? logon to our facebook page wnnfans.com. marci, the chocolates and candies are in the mail. >> excuses, excuses. seems like a of people will be nervously biting their nails to
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see what's new at projectluna.com ♪ for i can't help falling in love with you ♪ time now for insomniac theater. this being valentine's day we have to look at two movies perfect for sweethearts. >> or sappy singles. first is a romance that spans the ages called "winter's tale" based on a sweeping 700-page novel from 1983. set in an alternate universe, new york city kind of thing where magic and time travel happens. we visit three years, 1895, 1916 and 2014. and the film is star-studded featuring colin farrell as the
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main character and master thief. >> you have a gun. >> just robbing the place, you know. >> is that your intention? >> no, it isn't. >> well, then, i suppose the polite thing to do would be to offer you a cup of tea. >> needless to say, the main theme here is love, not crime. but you wouldn't know it from the reviews. no love there. peter howell of the "toronto star" says enduring this soppy muddle of twinkling stars, fluttering wings, refracted points of light and destined swooners is like being forced to listen at length to a crazy person on a street corner read out old hallmark greeting cards. >> ouchy. >> rough. >> yeah. >> but the "l.a. times" didn't think it was so bad. he said because it is fearlessly severe and not totally successful, it is easy to mark. but also its willingness to go all out in the quest for grandness of romantic gestures. >> amazing how reviews can be so different, right?
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>> yeah. let's go on to "about last night" which is a remake of 1986 starring demi moore and rob lowe. this one stars kevin hart and regina hall and involving around two couples. common themes, sex, commitment and love. >> you need to meet a nice looking female, take her back to your place. you know what your problem is? you're too good looking. >> what? >> best thing to happen to your face is an industrial accident. >> james says "about last night" takes us through the difficult honeymoon phase. that's where couples work to stay together and the movie gains its strongest traction. ty from "the boston globe" disagreed. you could take your honey for valentine's day but really a dozen fake roses and card from cvs would be more personal. favorites. >> yeah.
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this morning on "world news now" -- slammed again after dumping a foot of snow on the east. the latest storm is not over yet. delivering one final blow along with misery and power outages. >> we have no coffee pot at home and we need coffee. >> the mess today for millions and our live update from accuweather. consumer alert -- the mega merger involving two cable tv giants. today's dire predictions for millions of customers and their cable bills. valentine's sizzle. the lessons i learned from a top new york chef on serving up something special for your sweetheart. >> we're going to add a little butter to this, right on top of the steak. >> hot and juicy proof from "insomniac kitchen," the dudes
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can cook a romantic feast. it's friday, february 14th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this valentine's day. i'm john muller. >> i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. i can't wait to check out your cooking skills. >> the dudes are doing it. and you're going to like it, too. >> my mouth is watering. that steak looks incredible. lots of butter. >> lots of butter. it's valentine's day. it's friday. it's all good. except for our top story. wicked weather in the northeast bringing snow, freezing rain, sleet, even lightning to millions of americans. >> second round of rain and snow will fall on new york this morning. many lack power or a way to get to work. now, this is the seventh major storm of the season in the northeast. abc's lana zak begins our coverage. >> reporter: as temperatures hoferred right around freezing, thunder snow showers hit new york city.
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it's just the latest and crazy unrelenting winter weather. from georgia to maine, travelers were stranded. in raleigh the conditions were so dangerous, some drivers simply abandoned their cars. >> cars around me were just spinning. i was just waiting for my turn to get hit. i was like, i have to get out of here. >> reporter: even this philadelphia ambulance was no match for the icy roads. still, some people decided to brave winter's barrage outdoors. >> we have no coffee pot at home and we need coffee, so -- and these guys wanted to come along. >> reporter: the nation's capital became a virtual ski resort as the beltway businesses shut down. iconic art museum steps were transformed into a sledding course. >> here we go! >> reporter: but for everyone enjoying the winter weather, there were others cursing it. 425,000 people in ten states are still without power. many of the hardest hit are in
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georgia, like tiara gibbs, whose home burnt down after the electricity went out. >> this is our only -- everything we had. >> reporter: even as this storm tapers off, another is waiting in the wings. one pennsylvania plow operator compared his job to a dog chasing its tail, working around the clock with no end to winter anywhere in sight. john and marci, i have to tell you, anybody who's been shoveling out their car or sidewalks this winter, completely understands where he's coming from. >> oh, yes, we do understand. all right. thanks, lana. and these storms are straining transportation systems yet again. >> we'll get a live update from meteorologist jim dickey at accuweather. jim, you predicted this. >> yeah, the snow, it's still falling here. we've seen it wrap back around. the upper level supporting all this, that's the back edge of the snow around pa. another hour of snow for you in philadelphia.
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this has to move up the coast before we see this come to an end. new york city, another four or five hours and this will go through much of the morning into much of maine. we're seeing strong, gusty winds. gusts of 31 miles an hour in boston. gusts of 30 in burlington. gusts of 24 miles an hour as the snow is coming to an end in d.c. but as we head through the day, we'll see improvements. the storm moves out into canada, taking the snow with it. again, holding on across maine through much of the day. additional 6 to 12 inches expected there. here's your storm totals. many spots already a foot on the ground. we'll see, again, the additional accumulations across maine. unfortunately, another storm on the heels of this one. it's a sneaky storm but this is the kind of storm, once it moves offshore it will strengthen rapidly and i think this could put down substantial snow, even down coast maine. new england needs to keep a close eye on this storm through the weekend. >> jim dickey, thank you very
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much. this storm led to a tragedy in new york. a woman eight months pregnant hit and killed by a snowplow. 36-year-old min lin was loading groceries in her car when she was struck and knocked over. she was rushed to the hospital where she died. her baby boy was delivered by emergency c-section. he's in critical condition. the plow driver, reportedly known for his reckless driving, has not been charged. the storm triggered thousands of flight cancellations. and not just in the storm zone. the domino effect grounded more than 6,500 flights, one out of every five flights coast to coast. hundreds of thousands of passengers on bay area commuter trains may have been exposed to measles. a student at uc-berkeley was diagnosed with the disease after taking b.a.r.t. home to the suburbs several days ago. the student contracted measles while overseas and had not been vaccinated.
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it spreads through sneezes and coughs and can survive up to two hours. not everyone happy about the proposed merger of comcast and time warner, including apple, who was planning to license movies and tv shows for its apple streaming tv device. now time warner may not go along with that deal. abc's rebecca jarvis has more. >> reporter: it is the new world of cable tv. amid fierce competition from internet video, like netflix and its hit series "house of cards" comcast announcing it will team up with time warner cable and grow its footprint from 23 million households to 30 million, becoming the nation's biggest cable provider. >> you'll find fcc and congress looking very, very closely at the whole business of pricing. >> reporter: comcast says the deal will benefit american consumers but some industry watchdogs say not so, telling abc news this deal with lead to less consumer choice, less
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diversity and much higher cable bills. in general, mergers do tend to drive up prices and hurt consumer satisfaction. we crunched the nbdz and took a look at other recent mergers and found if precedent serves, if this merger goes like others recently, prices will go up anywhere from 0.5% to as much as 14% if the deal gets done. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. to sochi where a bobsled track worker is recovering from serious injury after being struck by a sled. the un-manned sled was testing track conditions when it hit a worker. he suffered two broken legs and a concussion. the worker was using a motorized air blower on the track and may not have heard the announcement that a sled was coming downhill. bob shred competition doesn't start until sunday but today in sochi american skier bode miller will be back on the slopes in men's super combined.
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he failed to medal in downhill. >> jeremy abbott fell. he'll be back on the ice today as men's individual competition ends up. >> in daredevil sport of skeleton, u.s. women go into today's finals. among leaders, noelle pikus-pace is in second. >> slopestyle skiing, u.s. men propelled them. >> norway still leading, followed by the netherlands, u.s., russia, germany and canada. before we move on, and from olympics past to show you. this is british figure skating legends jayne torvill and christopher dean back on the ice yesterday in sarajevo. >> they were reshowing their perfect score routine. they received a perfect score. >> it was the first time a pair received all 6s in ice dancing at the olympics and will stand forever as the only time because since then the scoring system has been changed. >> really?
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wow. they kind of locked in history as the perfect score. >> very cool. >> it was that long ago? i'm feeling very old. great to see them back on the ice. coming up -- hot, juicy, delicious. a lesson on cooking a romantic meal for your valentine. and from russia, the many children up for adoption and how nasty politics are keeping them from starting their new lives. you're watching "world news now." ♪ come together now in the new beginning ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no-no hair removal. -no hair removal. brought to you by no no hair removal.
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♪ come together in the new beginning ♪ children in russia who are hoping for a new beginning caught in a web of politics. russia has already banned american adoptions. >> and now it has banned adoptions to some people from countries that allow same-sex marriage. abc's hamish macdonald has the story of one family fighting to bring a little boy home. >> reporter: this is the thomas family from minnesota. renee, john and 8-year-old jack, adopted from russia. >> my dream of being a mom happened. it was all of those emotions that i would say you'd go through as if you were having
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your own baby. >> reporter: they are a happy, healthy, but in their words, an incomplete family. jack has a 5-year-old brother, nickoli, who is still in an orphanage in russia. >> i really want to see him. if he came home tonight, we would have a big party with chocolate and watch movies. >> giving kisses. >> reporter: almost four years ago they were close to reuniting the brothers. suddenly, russia changed the law and a ban came into force. after a string of high-profile cases, one child sent to america was delivered back alone, on a plane, no longer wanted. another toddler died when his new father left him in a hot car. as the world's focus is on vladimir putin, renee is now appearing on russian television to make a direct appeal. >> we wouldn't be fighting so
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hard if it didn't mean so much to us. >> reporter: there are well-documented frictions in the relationship between moscow and washington, and in this case that's leading to suspicions. lawyers and politicians here are telling us they're in no doubt politics have played a part in it and children are caught in the middle. hamish macdonald, abc news, washington. >> so sad. russian decree bans same-sex parents. >> this doesn't impact the u.s. because russia has already banned americans regarding sexuality from adopting children from russia. that was back in 2012. so this applies to single people in other countries, mostly europe, the places where gay marriage has been legalized. >> you see kids in orphanages and they're suffering because of politics. it's just a shame. >> i know. it breaks my heart. coming up -- a guy's guide to valentine's day cooking.
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>> i went to one of new york's most delicious restaurants to learn how to make an amazing steak, no fuss, no muss. the next half hour, the amazing breakthrough that has allowed a couple to hold hands for the first time in their 13 year marriage. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" contin
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love at all ♪ ♪ let's get it on baby so, valentine's day can be tough for a lot of people. between the flowers, the candy, the cards, it can be hard to find the right thing to make your special someone happy. >> it's true. but this one is our "favorite story of the day." >> a little effort can go a long way. home cooked meal. so i set out to find something that a guy can make that is both delicious and easy. all right, guys, it is valentine's day. you don't want to make a reservation. spend a fortune but you don't know what to cook. not sure how to do it. we have chef anthony marco. of spice market here in new york. he says, if he can do it, anybody can do it. what are we making today? >> a strip loin, black pepper jam. very simple. >> sounds delicious. >> very romantic. >> we have our sauces, our steak, let's do it. >> the most important thing about steak is seasoning, right? >> got to salt it.
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>> this is a ten-ounce steak, so we want to go nice. you want to coat the whole top with pepper, too. a little bit of oil in each pan. >> regular oil? soy oil. you want black pepper sauce. before you put the meat in, turn the burner off. you don't want any flames or flare-ups. add scallions, please. >> scallions it is. right there in the big pan. >> there you go. >> there you go. >> add the garlic and ginger. what we're looking for is caramelization. and not touching the steak. just making sure the oil is not stuck on one side. black beans there. >> black beans. put them in? >> yes. we soak these for about five minutes. we have lemon juice right there. we have the sweet soy right next to it. going to use soy sauce. >> smells even better. >> you have black pepper right here because it is a black
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pepper sauce. and, boom. we're going to reduce this. we flip the steak here. at this point we're going to get a little garlic. a little chile. we're going to add a little bit of butter to this. right on top of the steak. this is going to brown. you're going to get that nutty flavor now. all you're doing is putting that butter on top with the garlic. and i'm going to show you this sauce. this is ready. look at that. just reduced and jammy. we're going to put some of the residual butter, we're going to cook some bok choy. you got bok choy, sesame seed. you don't need to cook bok choy more than 30 seconds. we're going to plate this old school style. this is our black pepper sauce we reduced. and we're just going to kind of do whatever we want with it. >> this is the best part of the
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whole experience right here. >> all right, man. let's see if it's worth it. >> just dig in? oh, man. here we go. >> hit that other piece. >> completely awesome. >> completely awesome. i'm not waiting any more. >> go for it, marci. >> thank you. >> what do you think? amazing, right? >> incredible. >> chef ricco, he's just awesome. demystified the whole thing about cooking. a few simple things have you to do right. if you follow the directions, can you make this dish. >> you would try this at home? >> i would try this at home. you approve? would i win your heart? >> that would be so romantic. i would love to come home from work and have a guy cooking up dinner, especially this. that brings us to our facebook question of the day. >> we want to know, how are you spending your valentine's day? logon to wnnfans.com and let us know what you're doing. thank you, spice market in new
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york city, chef ricco. fantastic. >> oh, thank you. >> happy valentine's day, everybody day, everybody. ♪ see what's new at projectluna.com [ male announcer ] can't take a sick day tomorrow. [ coughs ] [ male announcer ] so he can't let a cold keep him up tonight. vicks nyquil. powerful nighttime 6 symptom cold and flu relief.
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a bit of a valentine's day surprise. are you still eating steak? >> i'm still eating. >> my valentine's day meal going over big with marci. valentine's day surprise, some male students at brigham young university, surprising random women with a serenade. some react differently. check it out. ♪ v is very very extraordinary ♪ e is even more than anyone than you adore ♪ >> some are just downright scared in their mind. a few ran away. pretty cute. >> she doesn't look amused. that's funny.
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i don't know why anyone would dump candy down a toilet but it happened in space. the astronauts on the international space station showing how the toilets up there work. what better way than with some chocolates, i guess. >> check it out. nice. >> they're calling this exclusive video obtained by abc news. a very serious story. i think the serious part of it is that chocolate is going to waste. in all places, space. all right. polka time. ♪ ♪ who needs flowers who needs sweets ♪ ♪ pledge your love with texts and tweets ♪ it's the valentine's polka ♪ even if you're not a hunk you can't always sext your junk ♪ ♪ it's the valentine's polka ♪ if you're not that popular and can't attract a mate ♪ ♪ take the plea accordion ♪ you're bound to find a date ♪ every bachelorette agrees we all need a main squeeze ♪ ♪ it's the main squeeze
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orchestra ♪ ♪ ♪ if you've got a roving eye one partner just won't suit ♪ ♪ try an open marriage though it did not work for newt ♪ ♪ cupid's arrow so pass e ♪ now he uses pepper spray ♪ it's the valentine polka ♪ though i may still be single it's not a total loss ♪ ♪ i'm a friend with benefits that's right i've got blue cross ♪ ♪ if you're longing to be kissed someone's waiting on craigslist ♪ ♪ that's the valentine's polka >> our thanks to mainsqueezeorchestra.com. have a great weekend. we'll see you monday! mainsqueezeorchestra.com. have a great weekend. we'll see you monday! insqueezeorchestra.com. have a great weekend. see you monday. ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now," killer storms. another nasty blow to the east right now, another punch from this morning on "world news now" -- killer storms. another punch to the east. this millions from georgia to maine in misery. afghanistan releases dozens of prisoners. a move that could make the u.s. rethink military strategy. a dream come true. a couple married for 13 years will finally get to hold hands this valentine's day. it's a remarkable story of medical advance and true love. last night on jimmy kimmel, giving the world a glimpse of "sports illustrated"'s three swimsuit models. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning on this valentine's day. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. let's get to the lead story. the historic storm plaguing the eastern third of the country for the past two days. it is snowing again in new york city after hours of drenching rain. >> some parts of new england could see nearly two feet of snow before this is over. in the south, residents today will spend the day digging out and assessing the damage from the worst snowstorm in at least a decade. abc's linzie janis has more. >> reporter: with snow and ice and wind and rain, the storm that crippled the south, killing at least 20 people, is still reeking havoc. whiteout conditions from the nation's capital to the treacherous new york state thruway, a nor'easter winds sparking a house fire, seven injured. also in new york, a pregnant woman was struck and killed by a
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plow. her baby saved. pennsylvania, still under a state of emergency from the last storm. just outside philly, we helped 64-year-old rose marie dig out. she lost power -- >> i have a fur coat on. >> reporter: have you been wearing it inside? >> and i've been wearing it inside. >> reporter: her 100-year-old mother had to go to the hospital to stay warm. others in her building, like this toddler with breathing problems, evacuated. hundreds of schools closed but in the nation's largest district, new york, they stayed open. meteorologists arguing their forecast was accurate and that schools should have closed. new york's new mayor defending his decision. >> the national weather service gave us a projection. what we got here was the high end of the projection and then some, and faster and earlier than was expected. >> reporter: here in philadelphia we got 9 inches of snow. some people taking advantage, sledding down these famous steps. linzie janis, abc news, philadelphia. >> it's good see somebody taking advantage of this blustery blast of winter. >> as the northeast gets pounded
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yet again, meteorologist jim dickey is live at accuweather. jim, when will we see the worst of this second round. >> the worst of it over in many spots, actually. we're tracking the back edge of the snow now. about to move through philadelphia, new york city another couple hours of heavier snowfall. overall with this storm we're on the downswing of it. we'll see conditions improve as we head through the day. still going through the worst of it in main, though. the worst overhead right now. we'll keep that in place through much the morning. really from boston south and westward through the next couple of hours, we'll see big-time improvements. this system is accelerating off to the north and east and the snow will depart from north to south as we head through the coming hours. especially in maine, vermont, new hampshire, an additional 6 to 12 inches. these storm totals, many spots from bangor south into virginia, picked in excess of a foot. roanoke, over 20 inches of snow. a couple spots over west
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virginia over 20 inches as well. unfortunately, there's another storm system we're tracking on the heels of this one. not nearly as strong. most spots just a quick 1 to 3 inches. this is the type of storm that has the potential to strengthen rapidly once it moves offshore. we could see a foot in new england once again. >> jim dickey live at accuweather, thank you. with the storm triggering another round of closing, catholic high school finding innovative way to make up a snow day without cutting into vacation. it was first cyber snow day. each student has been issued an ipad. teachers post assignments by 9 a.m. and students complete them and send them back electr electronically by the end of the day. edward snowden gathered some of the classified documents using a coworker's password but snowden said he didn't steal any passwords. that coworker's security clearance was revoked and he has since resigned. two other former snowden
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colleagues at the nsa have also lost their access as part of the ongoing investigation. united states and russia have pledged to work together to break the stalemate in syrian peace talks after two round have failed. government forces conducted another round of air strikes on aleppo, dropping barrel bombs on neighborhoods where rebels are in control. opposition forces say 400 people have died so far this month. afghanistan's release of 65 accused militants from prison is raising new questions about the withdrawal of allied forces later this year. about the withdrawal of allied forces later this year. the u.s. insists these men may pose a new threat but afghan president karzai says the u.s. needs to stay out of his country's judicial affairs. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: they were locked in a high security prison, considered some of the most dangerous men in the world. taliban fighters captured by u.s. forces. they're enjoying lunch in a kabul cafe, freed under order of afghan president hamid karzai. among them, an alleged taliban
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commander named narallah. he denies the charges but has been linked to attacks killing one american and wounding others. in all told 65 prisoners were released from this prison, seen in this exclusive video shot by the bbc. u.s. officials say they are directly linked to attacks that killed or wounded 32 u.s. personnel. >> the tests on their fingers of explosives, on their hands. >> reporter: it's another low point for already tattered u.s. relations with president karzai, who has been trying to get his own peace deal with the taliban. >> it is of no concern to the u.s. and should be of no concern to the u.s. >> reporter: president obama has to decide how many forces to keep in afghanistan after this year but this prison release makes it hard for the u.s. to stay in afghanistan at all.
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jonathan karl, abc news. more than three-quarters of a million cars with a defect. recalling chevy cobalt and pontiac 780,000 cars may have faulty ignitions which can shut off the ignition and cause accidents. six fatalities are linked to this defect which dealers will repair at no charge. general motors promising to restore the corvettes swallowed up by that sinkhole. one expert says though rank as some of the most significant in automotive history. >> i know one gift a lot of guys will be wishing for on this valentine's day if you're tired of shoveling snow this winter. a north carolina company developed a remote-controlled snowplow you can operate from the lovely warmth of your living room 37 it's based on a robot they built for new york city fire department. >> that's awesome. six wheels, upgrades include
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headlights and cameras which can send a live feedback to your couch. price tag? $800,000. >> not the most practical valentine's day gift. look at it go. they say it can be wi-fi enabled so can you sit -- >> while in the studio i could plow out the homestead. >> from a company called super droid robots. >> sign me up. coming up, hot hollywood actor colin farrell revealing personal things about his sex life. first, a couple married for 13 years finally gets to hold hands on valentine's day. the medical advance that made this dream come true. you're watching "world news now." ♪ i wanna hold your hand i wanna hold your hand ♪ ♪ i wanna your hand >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ i wanna hold your hand i wanna hold your hand ♪ ♪ i wanna hold your hand it is something every couple takes for granted, holding hands. >> but for one couple, that was impossible until a breakthrough new medical treatment. abc's lana zak. >> there is someone out is there for everyone. the boy from london who thought that nobody could ever love him because of his severe tourette's syndrome, and a girl from jersey who stood by his side, along with the doctor that made their wish come true. >> reporter: this valentine's day there is only one thing andrew wants to do. >> walk hand in hand with my wife. >> reporter: even though they've been married for 13 years, andrew and his wife amy have never been able to go for a walk holding hands. that's because andrew is one of
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200,000 americans diagnosed with severe tourette's syndrome. his tourette's would cause him to yell, spit, curse uncontrollably. strangers who didn't understand his condition would take offense, sometimes beating him up, and andrew would beat himself, too, unable to control his hand. for andrew, love never seemed like a possibility. >> i had dreams, a lot of dreams about me getting married, and i'd wake up in tears because it was just a dream. it was hurtful because i used to get invited to weddings all the time. and used to ask the question, when is it my turn? >> reporter: but then andrew met a stranger who wanted to set him up on a date. >> andrew said, i haven't been able to find someone who can look past the tourette's and
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love me for me. my mom said, you haven't met my daughter yet. >> reporter: what do you remember about that first date? >> we kissed for the first time and it set fireworks off in me. >> reporter: within a year, amy and andrew were married. but with his tourette's, even walking down the aisle was a challenge. and holding amy's hand while doing it was impossible. >> if i was hand in hand with amy, i would stumble and pull her to the ground. >> reporter: after a lifetime of suffering andrew came to mt. sinai hospital and learned about a new surgery for tourettes. deep brain stimulation. >> the bumps. feel it. yeah. >> i feel it right there. and that's the anchor? >> reporter: two leads implanted in his brain. wires run to batteries implanted in his chest. >> neuro modulation stimulates
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areas of the nervous system in order to change neural function. >> reporter: so in complete laymen's terms -- >> it is like a brain pacemaker. result. >> reporter: the results have been incredible. >> when it works, you get to see miracles. >> reporter: from this to this. and on this valentine's day, amy and andrew have already gotten their wish. side by side and hand in hand. >> now andrew still has the occasional tick, but he says 95% of his tourette's symptoms are gone. >> that is absolutely remarkable. any side effects to this? >> well, it is brain surgery so about 2% of people will experience a brain hemorrhage. but andrew said he wasn't even concerned about that, he was so desperate for treatment. >> so, we know they'll be holding hands this valentine's day. >> they will. >> how else are they planning to celebrate? >> amy says they want to go to pizza hut. they want to go to a restaurant where people don't stare at them. she said she used to go from table to table to explain what was wrong with her husband so
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people wouldn't take offense. this time she'll just be glad to be there holding hands. >> what an amazing story. thank you so much, lana. >> abc's lana zak. still ahead, we now know who is gracing the cover of the "sports illustrated" swimsuit edition. >> not you? >> not this year. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now"
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this is your computer. let's go on the internet. let's go. ok. she's going to love me all over again now. jamaica, here you come! here we go. ha ha! good job. all right.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ time now for "the skinny." and we start this morning with skinny and plenty of it. >> you got that right. "sports illustrated" marking their 50th anniversary with these models on the cover and the unveiling took place last night on "jimmy kimmel live." >> let me show you. >> oh, my goodness! that's quite a cover. that's not one cover model. that's three cover models. >> yeah. wow, okay. you might be asking, what swimsuits? if you look closely, they're there, kind of. i don't know how closely everyone wants to look. you might be looking a little closer than i am. >> not a lot of swimsuit there.
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chrissy teigen, nina agdal and lily aldridge, the first to grace the cover since 2006. >> so there's an idea for a valentine's gift also. sticking with that theme. get your guy a copy of that. collin farrell has a reputation for a lady's man. but after kicking drugs and alcohol in 2005 he was, get this, terrified of having sex. >> it's interesting. in an interview in "elle" magazine, he opens up about his fears. he says after 15 years being high, he didn't think he could talk if he was sober. he said the first time he had sex sober was one of the most terrifying moments of his life. but says he has been clean now for eight years and it seems to be working out. >> tv legend betty white said she has a very special date for valentine's day. >> you got to love her. she tells "people" magazine she plans to stay home for valentine's day, staying home
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with her golden retriever name ponti pontiac. >> i think that sounds like a great day. a full day off at home may not sound that unusual. it is a rare treat for the just turned 92-year-old. she works full-time on her family tv show "hot in cleveland." she was a guest host for wwe's monday night raw. i can't believe that. >> that is hilarious. >> awesome. >> one thing she plans to do is every crossword puzzle she can get her hands on. she is unbelievable. 92 years old. they say crossword puzzles keep your mind sharp. >> social media is buzzing about the outfits worn by nbc figure skating analyst, johnny weir. they are bright, colorful and very johnny. he has been posting previews each day on instagram and twitter. posing in front of the television truck before going into the iceberg skating palace. >> last one was the pink panther look. the hair like bruno mars. and many are calling the fashion
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a face in need deserves puffs indeed. ♪ wishing i was knee deep in the water somewhere ♪ oh, we all need that. zach brown band singing about being knee deep in the water somewhere under a big blue sky. >> sounds like a plan. sadly the big story this week has been mother nature's wrath and old man winter's worst. here is our "friday rewind". >> this is mother nation's worst kind of storms afflicted on the south. and that is ice. it's our worst enemy. >> the snow we got the last couple of days is now hiding the ice. so, it's very dangerous. >> we're going to do whatever we can to catch whomever did this. >> people are freaked out because these things don't happen here. >> what did the defendant say? >> oh, i hate that thug music.
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>> he slammed something against the door and said, yeah, i'm going to [ bleep ] kill you. >> i have two daughters. they are both gorgeous and wonderful. and i would never choose between them. and that's how i feel about my outstanding european partners. >> i'm not afraid to tell the world who i am. i'm michael sam. i'm a college graduate. i'm african-american. and i'm gay. >> more than one black guy doing a commercial. >> no question about that. >> i know what's in your wallet black guy. he's the car black guy. morgan freeman is the other credit card black guy. >> i'm sided and right sided because i'm -- not nervous but just kind of antsy and it builds and snowballs into other things.
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>> i've been thinking of standing on the podium. it's always the love that gets me to the podium. >> i was so nervous. hi to visualize, press and believe that i could land that run i wanted to. >> we want to remind you about a special online feature for our facebook fans. >> yep. this is called "in case you missed it" our best moments of the week. l logon at wwnfans.com. what a long week. >> my car is in snow and ice right on the upper side of new york city. have i to dig that out with the shovel i put in my car for that very reason. >> what i a lovely way to spend valentine's day. >> so romantic. happy valentine's day. don't miss our updates at wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades. decades.
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making news in america this morning, relentless snow. day two of a seemingly never-ending winter storm. new details about when it's moving out and the firefighter who became famous overnight for his kind gesture. slow suits. a controversy brewing over the u.s. speed skating team and their worst showing in 30 years. why their apparel is getting the blame. falling flame. video shows a mysterious fireball in the sky going viral this morning. experts are weighing in about what it might be. work hazard. a reporter finds himself in the middle of a snowball fight on live tv. >> just not the face. not the face.